ERIC Number: ED194712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Implementation of a Carpentry and Building Maintenance Curriculum within a Special Education Setting. Final Report 1979-80.
Loiacono, Ronald; And Others
The Cooperative Alternative Education Center (CAEC) in Connecticut developed a building maintenance and carpentry vocational education program for adolescent special needs students with extreme learning, emotional, and social difficulties. Thirty-four students enrolled in the program, with a student-teacher ratio of 8:l, and classes met five times a week for forty minutes for an academic year. The curriculum was designed to teach skills such as safety, measurement, wood types, use of power and hand tools; design and construction of projects; general housekeeping; sanitation; building and grounds maintenance; management of equipment; and business and job interview skills. Evaluation of the project was based on pre- and posttests and student surveys. The evaluation addressed three central issues: (1) students' development of vocational skills; (2) students' development of generally more positive attitudes; and (3) students' development of general academic skills. According to the paper and pencil tests, students' academic skills and attitudes did not improve. The students in the CAEC program did exhibit significant gains in vocational skill development, however; and though general indicators showed no attitudinal change, students exhibited positive attitudes toward the vocational training they received. (KC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Buildings, Carpentry, Curriculum Development, Disabilities, Educationally Disadvantaged, Job Skills, Learning Disabilities, Maintenance, Nontraditional Education, Pretests Posttests, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Trade and Industrial Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Cooperative Educational Services, Norwalk, CT.
Identifiers: Connecticut; Cooperative Alternative Education Center CN
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